Proactive Stuck Pipe Avoidance (PSPA)

An Intensive 4-Day Online Training Course

Proactive Stuck Pipe Avoidance (PSPA)

Drilling & Workover Operations

Scheduled Dates

11 - 14 Dec 2023 Online $3,450
13 - 16 May 2024 Online $3,450
09 - 12 Dec 2024 Online $3,450
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Why Choose this Training Course?

Why Choose this Online Training Course?

During drilling and workover operations, tubulars tools or equipment are considered stuck when they cannot be freed from the borehole without damaging tools/equipment or systems in use without exceeding permissible maximum allowed loads. Problems associated with stuck pipe can account for a significant proportion of total well’s damage loss and waste. Note: Stuck pipe events that can further escalate to greater ‘well control and lost-circulation events’ particularly in today’s more complex wells.

This PetroKnowledge’s Proactive stuck pipe avoidance online training course is designed to inform and educate attendees to prevent and mitigate stuck pipe problems through assuring industry gained best practice, means and methods are translated and sustained to reduce stuck pipe events.

Primarily to understand all the (Physical (parts) people and paperwork) evident causes to proactively prevent stuck pipe and secondly further assure translated and sustained learning in all future drilling and workover programs. To deliver safe, effective, and efficient wells at maximum outcomes, benefits and well value desired.

What are the Goals?

What are the Goals?

At the end of this Petroknowledge online training course, you will learn to:

  • Assure best practise planning, design, engineering, and application of well programs to proactively reduce stuck pipe and associated related problems
  • Apply the technical skills to operate wells when problems, difficulties and situations arise
  • Develop a multidisciplinary team approach so that trouble free well operations result
  • Develop a greater understanding and awareness how stuck problems are manifested, caused, and created e.g. hole cleaning, wellbore instability, differential sticking, other causes, and how they can be proactively prevented, mitigated, and freed

Who is this Training Course for?

Who is this Online Training Course for?

This Petroknowledge online training course will be beneficial for Persons working within drilling, workover, or intervention projects, well planning, design, engineering, operational or organizational support functions. E.g. Drilling, Geology, Geo-Science, Completions, Contractor and 3rd party support roles or functions including team leaders, supervisors, or management functions.

How will this Training Course be Presented?

How will this Online Training Course be Presented?

This PetroKnowledge online training course will utilize a variety of proven online learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension, retention of the information presented. The training course is conducted online via an Advanced Virtual Learning Platform in the comfort of your choice location.

Organisational Impact

Organisational Impact

At the end of this course organization will be able to:

  • Develop a strategy such that the well operations team shall more proactively recognize and analyze all associated warning signs to avoid stuck pipe events.
  • Take a more proactive approach to Plan, design and engineer compliant well operations to prevent and avoid stuck pipe events.

Personal Impact

Personal Impact

  • Develop skills to prevent and mitigate all wellbore/formation related aspects of stuck pipe.
  • Know how to apply best operating stuck pipe freeing, practices, methods and techniques should a stuck pipe event result.
  • Demonstrate greater abilities to hazard, risk and change manage assess all stuck pipe and associated lost time events.

Daily Agenda

Day 1 Proactive Stuck Pipe Avoidance (PSPA)

  • General Proactive Stuck Pipe Avoidance
    • Why stuck pipe is not inevitable and can be avoided.
    • Proactive ‘Management of lost ‘stuck pipe’ time ‘MLT’
    • Proactive Stuck pipe avoidance practices (general)
  • Stuck Pipe Causes Warning signs and indicators
    • Causes of stuck pipe
    • Importance of Teamwork
    • Stuck pipe diagnosis and flow charts.
    • How to truly learn from lost time events
  • ‘GOTCHA’ Proactive Prevention Principles.
    • G geology / Geoscience
    • O overpull, ‘know your limits’
    • T torque and drag
    • C circulation, pressure management
    • H hole Problems
    • A analysis ‘Big data’

Day 2 Mechanical ‘PSPA’

  • Hole cleaning 1
    • Why hole cleaning can be a problem?
    • Cause and cuttings / wellbore solids effects?
    • Wellbore cuttings/solids transportation and removal
  • Hole cleaning 2
    • Hole cleaning
    • Cuttings beds and solids removal.
    • Well planning / Best Practice guide to hole cleaning
  • Formation Related 1
    • Unconsolidated formations
    • Mobile formations
    • Reactive formations

Day 3 Mechanical and Differential ‘PSPA’

  • Formation Related 2
    • Fractured faulted formations
    • Geopressured formations
    • Reactive formations
  • Mechanical (other causes)
    • Key seating
    • Under-gauge hole
    • Wellbore geometry
    • Junk
    • Collapsed casing
    • Cement related
  • Differential sticking
    • What is differential sticking
    • PISTOL cause and effects
    • How differentially sticking results

Day 4

  • Predicting and Preventing ‘PSPA’
    • Predicting stuck pipe
    • Preventing stuck pipe
    • Proactive Best practices to avoid stuck pipe
  • Freeing Stuck pipe 1
    • Freeing stuck pipe (flowchart / table)
    • Mechanical freeing and pack off
    • Overpull and jarring calculations (Optimal fishing time)
  • Freeing Stuck Pipe 2
    • Packed off hole
    • Differential freeing (decision trees)
    • Differential sticking (freeing methods)


  • On successful completion of this online training course, a PetroKnowledge E-Certificate will be awarded to the delegates

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  • To register online through our website, please click “Enroll Now” on the course page, complete and submit the form. A confirmation e-mail and instructions will be sent to the participant’s e-mail.
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  • Payments can be made in USD or UAE local currency AED (Arab Emirates Dirhams) either by Bank Transfer or by Credit Card. Our Bank Account details will be provided on the invoice.
  • Course fees are payable upon booking unless a valid, authorized Purchase Order is provided and accepted.
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  • The course fee shall be settled prior to course start date. Corporate payments with existing payment policy shall be relayed to us in advance.

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